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Photographer Chris Vail Speaks, Dec. 5

Rural Mexico: The People, the Land, and the Music
Chris Vail, Veracruz, Mexico

When: Monday, December 5, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Where: Rare Book Room, Perkins Library

Photographer Chris Vail will show photographs and video tapes from his work studying and documenting the myriad forms of traditional music practiced throughout rural Mexico.

A visiting artist at the Center for Documentary Studies, Vail has been a documentary and news photographer for more than 30 years. He is currently documenting cultural regions of Mexico as defined by various forms of son, a genre of traditional Mexican music.

This work began while on assignment for the Los Angeles Times doing a photo-essay on Son Jarocho music in the state of Veracruz. Vail’s research revealed a rich world of traditional music where the different genres of Mexican son vary by geographic location and historical influences. In the succeeding years, Vail spent many months and logged thousands of miles speaking with musicians and photographing rural Mexico in the context of its music. In some areas, such as southern Veracruz, these traditions are flourishing; in others, like the Tierra Caliente, many of the great musicians have died since this project began, and Vail’s photographs are a final record of what was once a vital music scene.

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public. 



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Posted 1 December 2011

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